How to Host a Cookie Exchange

Creating an event around your cookie exchange can be a fun, heartfelt addition to your holiday soirées. The time-honoured tradition of Christmas cookies comes from Europe and was first accounted for in North America as coming from the Dutch in the 1600s. The origin of exchanging Christmas cookies hasn’t been locked down, but the earliest...

The Dote Christmas Cookie Exchange Part 3

For the third day of our Dote Christmas Cookie Exchange, we have recipes from our Client Relations Lead, Leanne Wood, and our Lead Designer, Anastacia Jido. Leanne’s Mini Chip Butter Crisps The Mini Chip Butter Crisps recipe means so much to me, as it was a quick and easy cookie we made every Christmas in our Wood family. I have memories...

The Dote Christmas Cookie Exchange Part 2

To continue on with our Dote Christmas Cookie Exchange, today we have recipes from our team of managing editors, Kelly Amonson and Jenny Flaman. Kelly’s Molasses Sugar Cookies My grandmother’s ginger cookie recipe is my favourite Christmas cookie. I remember making them with her in her kitchen every year. She was the one who taught me...

The Dote Christmas Cookie Exchange

For some people, Christmas is all about decorations, gifts, parties, or simply spending time with family. For some people, Christmas is about tradition, and for some of those people, tradition comes in the form of sweet treats, and more specifically, the Christmas cookie. The Christmas cookie is a special thing because it can take so many...

Supperclub

Women don’t usually need an excuse to get together – but back in 2008, I was the queen of starting clubs as a major tactic to schedule regular hangs with my gal pals. I started bookclubs, breakfast clubs, and my long-standing supper club. I was inspired by the upswing of new Calgary restaurants starting to pop up, and I loved the idea of...

Fall For Feel Good Food

At Thanksgiving, we feasted (extra buttery mashed potatoes and don’t hold back on the gravy, please), but now it’s the morning after and you’re feeling sluggish and foggy (you’re not alone)! You indulged (loved every bite) but now your body is screaming for cleansing foods (sign me up for a post-thanksgiving detox)! But what do you do...

The Perfect Thanksgiving Cranberry Curd

Thanksgiving! I love this time of year for the tradition, the family, and time we spend reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for. But more than anything, I love the food, and especially, cranberry curd. For most people, this is a new one, but it’s something my family has been enjoying for years, and although we can never replace the...

Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters

Homemade granola has always been one of my favourite things to make. The recipes are straight forward, and the ingredients are usually things you already have in your pantry. This granola comes together quickly to make a perfect breakfast addition that my whole family loves. Make a batch on Sunday and have it for the week to top on your cereal,...

Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature

PISTACHIO MARZIPAN PEARS Makes 20 marzipan pears When you replace some of the almonds in the marzipan with pistachios, the resulting color will remind you of pears. Then all you need to do is decorate with some pretzels and almonds to make your own extra-sweet pears. Marzipan pears 1 cup (125 g) unsalted pistachios1 cup (125 g)...

Cilantro: A true classic

What makes a classic, classic? Is it the length and duration of time, so that is tried, tested and true? It has clearly battled the ups and downs that come with time and still remains as strong as ever. Or is it how it makes you feel? A sense of nostalgia or comfort - having been there before and knowing it will be just as good the next time...